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#MicroblogMondays 55: Holy Days

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Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, so I likely won’t be online.  I wrote this ahead of time so everyone else could meet up because I love this weekly gathering so much.  But I also think that it’s important that I go offline and mark the day.

I don’t know why going offline feels like the right thing to do.  I mean, you’re supposed to gather with others as you reflect on your past year and mentally plan your new year.  I gather with people offline, but I also gather with people over the phone and online.  I’m not sure why gathering in one way feels right and another way feels wrong.

Do you feel like there are times when you are supposed to be offline; where going online somehow feels wrong?


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1 St. E { 09.14.15 at 5:57 am }

שָׁנָה טוֹבָה

I am not that online-all-the-time kind of person, such that I may have to make deliberate efforts to stay offline. During our annual fest, and esp when I am visiting DH’s family, I am offline more due to chance rather than design.

2 Nabanita { 09.14.15 at 6:01 am }

Yes, many times actually especially when someone needs our attention or when we have a gathering of people we need to attend to…It’s difficult to do both the things I think…So, I go with one at a time as much as possible..

3 Jessica { 09.14.15 at 6:07 am }

Food is always at off-line celebrations. Happy New Year again for you!

4 md { 09.14.15 at 6:38 am }

happy new year 🙂
i cannot say that i ever feel like going online is wrong.. but perhaps i would consider it frivolous at certain times.. generally, during celebrations or commemorations, there is no chance to be online.. but being fully present with the people gathered at those events would take priority over being online..

5 UmaS { 09.14.15 at 7:02 am }

Happy New Year…yes, its time to go offline and celebrate with people whom you love ! There’s nothing right or wrong about it…if there’s time go online and wish ppl there too 🙂

6 Jen { 09.14.15 at 8:25 am }

There are times when it’s important to be ‘present’ in a way that online doesn’t quite cover. L’shanah tovah!

7 anks { 09.14.15 at 9:07 am }

Happy New Year to you Mel… and to your family! Hope you guys enjoy the offtime together…

8 Parul { 09.14.15 at 9:14 am }

I do feel that. Sometimes, being online is comforting and sometimes, being offline. Happy New Year to you and your family!

9 Lindsay | Solo Mama { 09.14.15 at 9:56 am }

Happy New Year!

I do feel that some moments you should not be online. Holidays with family comes to mind. I hope you enjoy your offline time with your loved ones today!

10 a { 09.14.15 at 10:21 am }

Happy New Year!

11 Erin { 09.14.15 at 11:56 am }

I like the “permission” these times give us to shut down, and not HAVE to be online, checking and connecting. L’Shanah Tovah. I hope it is a sweet and healthy year for you and your family.

12 Michelle { 09.14.15 at 12:32 pm }

While it is a bit strange, I agree that it’s better to go offline to observe the day! Somehow it doesn’t quite feel like a special day if you’re online like you are every other day of the year, you know? 🙂

13 Traci York { 09.14.15 at 1:31 pm }

I agree with Erin – I like having an excuse to disconnect every now and then.

I think the feeling “wrong” comes from the general attitude that being online is somehow frivolous and a waste of time, with virtual friendships being viewed as not as authentic. I hope someday that mindset will change, as more of us connect with people we’ll probably never meet in person.

Happy New Year!

14 shilpa { 09.14.15 at 2:31 pm }

happy new year..
sometimes all that we need is the basic world in which we live … no technological barriers , nothing just we as a family.. it is so refreshing n nice feeling to be off the virtual lifestyle

15 apluseffort { 09.14.15 at 2:56 pm }

I’m not sure that I’m capable of unplugging. Isn’t that sad? Happy New Year to your family.

16 nonsequiturchica { 09.14.15 at 3:20 pm }

Ha! I like Jessica’s answer that food is always at off-line celebrations! 🙂

17 Geochick { 09.14.15 at 3:43 pm }

Happy New Year Mel! I usually feel guilty about being online when we are doing family stuff. Like before this last trip I took for work when I was gone for 7 days, we took a 4 day weekend. During that I felt like I shouldn’t be checking twitter or posting on Instagram or reading blogs…

18 Amber { 09.14.15 at 3:53 pm }

I think it’s great to take a day offline every once in awhile, to completely be engaged with those we love. Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating the past and the future!

19 Mary Francis { 09.14.15 at 6:34 pm }

Happy New Year Mel!

I really, really need to think about this, because I spend far too much time online! I shall consider i’going quiet’ as part of my fasting tradition, and try to set aside a day when I stay away from my iPad!

20 Jess { 09.14.15 at 8:27 pm }

L’Shanah Tovah! I think going offline seems right, even though this is also a gathering. I liked Mary Francis’s thought of going online like fasting traditions. I feel like on holidays and vacations I try to be more present in a face-to-face, non-virtual way, to go offline then so I can more fully socialize with my face, not my fingers. Not that one community is better than another, but that I find that I’m having difficulty disconnecting at times lately, and I see it having an effect on my attention span. It’s kind of like a siren song though… I can’t stay away for long.

21 Cristy { 09.14.15 at 9:14 pm }

L’Shanah Tovah, Mel.

And absolutely. With moving. I feel guilty for not blogging, but with all that needs to happen, I also feel guilty for even considering doing anything that doesn’t get us settled.

22 Lori Lavender Luz { 09.14.15 at 9:39 pm }

L’Shanah Tovah, my friend. Out with the old. May this new year be a phenomenal one.

23 Mali { 09.15.15 at 1:26 am }

I understand you wanting to go off-line. There are times we need to unplug, and just focus on ourselves, or what is going on around us. That’s not just with online activities, but with other things we do or people we might spend time with. I think that honours whatever we’re doing at the time, or whoever we’re with, and that only has to be commended.

(I frequently schedule posts in advance if I know I’m not going to be able to give them my full attention.)

24 Journeywoman { 09.15.15 at 7:13 pm }

L’shanah Tovah.
I’ve been offline for the past two days. It is now sundown.

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